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Drew Barrymore weighs in on possibility of an 'E.T.' sequel

Drew Barrymore talked about whether "E.T." would ever come back to the big screen during an interview on "Watch What Happens Live."
/ Source: TODAY

“E.T.” fans have longed for a sequel to the 1982 classic — but it won’t be coming back to the big screen anytime soon, according to Drew Barrymore.

The “Santa Clarita Diet” actress, who currently stars as a zombie mom on the Netflix horror-comedy series, was asked by a fan on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Wednesday whether there would be a follow-up to “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” that would focus on Elliot and Gertie’s kids meeting an E.T. family.

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“In the early ’80s, there was not always a lot of talk of sequels,” Barrymore told Cohen. “Because Steven Spielberg made 'Jaws' and 'E.T.' there was a lot of talk within his camp about sequels. But he never wanted to make them.”

She later recalled spending time at Spielberg’s house as a child, where she heard the director say, “We’re never going to make a sequel. It’s just as it is."

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Barrymore, 43, played younger sister Gertie in the film when she was just 7 years old, and immediately won the hearts of audiences. Her signature blond locks and cute-as-a-button personality helped her become a household name in the early 1980s.

Barrymore, of course, now has two little girls of her own, Olive, 5 and Frankie, 3, with ex-husband Will Kopelman.

For more on Barrymore's memorable role in "E.T.," check out this adorable interview!